The Dallas Mavericks upgraded their frontcourt this offseason by trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee with the majority of their mid-level exception. They lost the rebounding battle in nearly every playoff game, despite reaching the conference finals, so the front office set out to improve in that area. McGee also gives them a rim protection presence that the Mavericks lacked after Kristaps Porzingis was traded to Washington.
The Mavs losing Jalen Brunson hurt. The 25-year-old was the team’s second-leading scorer, and his breakout fourth NBA season made it even harder to watch him sign with the Knicks in free agency. Dallas got zero in return for their second-best player in a disastrous move by the front office.
The Mavericks still have one open roster spot on their 15-man regular season squad, but they may not use it. Here is a closer look at what owner Mark Cuban had to say before examining three players that should make them reconsider.
3 free agents that should make Dallas Mavericks re-consider using their final roster spot
In an interview on The Ticket’s The Norm and D Invasion, Cuban had this to say about filling the team’s final roster space.
"Unlikely, unless somebody gets cut somewhere that really surprises us. We want that flexibility throughout the season. I know how fans feel about it. It’s like we got to win the summer. We’ve got to do this, and we got to do that, but come the trade deadline, having a roster spot will be beneficial. Come that time when teams are doing buyouts, that roster spot can be very beneficial."
The Mavericks could sign someone to a non-guaranteed deal heading into the regular season, so they have the flexibility to add pieces via trade. Going into the season with 14 guaranteed contracts only makes sense if Dallas is committed to making moves midseason to improve their roster.
The Dallas Mavericks want to contend for the championship, so they should put the best product possible on the floor, which includes adding a 15th player that can help them win games. Here are three current free agents that should make the front office reconsider heading into the regular season with an open roster spot.